About the Competitions

The Oakland Camera Club hosts stereo photo competitions at most meetings. Experienced judges critique and score entries from Oakland Camera Club members. We present our competitions on a brilliant 55 inch 3-D HDTV.

Our competitions are divided into two sections: An A (advanced) group and a B (beginner) group. Many Oakland Camera Club meetings also include a third Special competition group that challenges members to photograph a specific subject or theme. See the special competiton schedule for details.

For each monthly competition, members may submit up to four digital stereo photos for their group, and four digital stereo photos for the month's Special competition. Submissions are due the Friday before the meeting and are emailed to the meeting's presenter. Watch the club's Yahoo! Newsgroup for the month's submission instructions.

Special Competition Schedule

2017 Special Competition List

January 23, 2017

Special Competition Selection

Bring your ideas for 2016's Special Competition subjects.

February 27, 2017


Stereo photography featuring disastrous mishaps and general stupidity.

March 20, 2017


From the PSA: "The PSA definition of Creative is 'Altered Reality.' The image must obviously display a change in natural color, form, shape, or any combination of these three. Creative images are often montages (a blending or composite of multiple images). High Dynamic Range (HDR) images without further changes are not considered "altered reality."

April 17, 2017

Oakland International Exhibition

No meeting this month to make room for the Oakland International Exhibition.

May 16, 2017


Featured stereo photos from our April 22 field trip to San Francisco's Exploratorium science museum and surrounding neighborhoods.

June 27, 2017


Edible compositions in stereo.

July 25, 2017


Enhance the stereo effect with a wide stereo base.

August 22, 2017

Stereo Theater and Clinic

Join us for a non-competitive meeting to share projects, solicit feedback, trade ideas, and exhibit collections. Show us your stereo prints, digital slides, anaglyphs, phantograms, lenticulars, View-Masters — anything related to stereo photography.

September 26, 2017


There are many spokes on the wheel of life. - Ray Charles

October 24, 2017


Our second creative competition of the year.

November 28, 2017

Video Exhibition

The Oakland Camera Club's annual theater of 3-D videos and slideshows by our members.

Competition Acceptances

Each competition group wins a number of places and honorable mentions, depending on the number of entries. A group of 20 entries, for example, would receive first, second, third, and fourth selections, and three honorable mentions (with one optional additional honorable mention).

Oakland International Stereo Exhibition

All stereo photographers are invited to enter the annual Oakland International Stereo Exhibition. Digital stereo photos and printed stereo cards are accepted.

Digital entries fall under three divisions. Standard is defined as photography in the traditional sense: images that represent reality. Creative allows for any kind of distorted, manipulated, imaginary, artificially generated imagery. Human Interest involves any activity that people do. Up to four digital stereo images may be entered.

For prints, up to four Holmes stereoscope-compatible stereo cards, 7 inches wide and up to 5 inches tall (17cm wide, up to 13cm tall) may be entered.

The Oakland International Stereo Exhibition is approved by Photographic Society of America (PSA) and will be conducted according to the latest recommended Consolidated Exhibition Standards and Universal Practices. Accepted entries will be credited towards PSA Star Ratings and PSA Who’s Who.

Contact Ed Oswalt, General Chairman of the Oakland International Stereo Exhibition, for more information.

Entry Form

Download the entry form and conditions of entry in PDF or Word .doc format.

Important Dates

Closing date for entries March 29, 2017
Judging date April 16, 2017
Report cards and awards mailed April 29, 2017
Public exhibition, digital and prints, Oakland Camera Club April 24, 2017
Entries Returned, catalogs mailed June 6, 2017


  • Best of Show - PSA Gold Medal
  • Next Best – OCC Medal
  • Individual Selector’s Awards (3, any division) – OCC Medal

Digital Entry Awards

  • Best of Show – PSA Gold Medal
  • Next Best Digital – OCC Medal
  • Human Interest - PSA Gold Medal
  • Creative: Best of Show – PSA Gold Medal
  • Creative: Next Best – OCC Medal

Print Entry Awards

  • Best of Show – PSA Gold Medal
  • Next Best Card – OCC Medal

Next Club Meeting


Tuesday, November 28, 2017


7:00pm - 10:00


Albany Community Center, Albany, CA

Special Topic:

3-D Video

November is the Oakland Camera Club's annual video exhibition, a presentation of 3-D videos and slideshows by our members. New to making 3-D videos? The 3-D Video article has your answers. Members of all skill levels are encouraged to participate!

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